A preparatory meeting for the diagnosis of the ESOPs took place a few weeks ago and helped draw up more or less rosy picture.
Last Friday in Lome, the new Minister of Agriculture, Noël Koutera BATAKA had a working session with the first responsable of Enterprise Territoire et Development (ETD), Komi ABITOR.
BATAKA's approach was to inquire about the evils that undermine the ESOPs in order to provide solutions to make these structures more functional, to create more jobs, increase yields, and improve the living conditions of the populations.
At the end of the exchanges, the minister specifically asked for an action plan on the functioning of these structures. He clarified that this plan of action must be submitted in the following days.
Minister BATAKA reiterated the government's ambition to make these units more functional by creating jobs, increasing producers' income and improving their living conditions.
From NGO stage to more autonomous holding
If some people paint all black on these ESOPs who have not met the expectations, it will however be necessary to recognize that in one way or another, the contribution of the ESOPs on the life of the producers, especially of these rural women who pulled the minimum vital to live is not to ignore.
Basically, ETD is a non-governmental organization and has for object non-profit purpose. It works from the resources of donors, in particular subsidies.
According to some experts, ETD NGO was in a way, judge and party because it is not the role of a NGO to do commercial activities at this point.
They welcome the establishment of the holding company which will be a shareholder of the ESOPs, which should help a lot in the management, above all, to obtain management autonomy.
To agridigitale, Abitor Komi, General Director of ETD NGO justifies this change by the fact that "at a given moment, he must think about the durability of his achievements and his interventions by defining models of development allowing him to generate own resources, diversify its sources of funding and expand its activities."
"We began with a NGO that conducts projects like youth entrepreneurship, agri-food processing, support to local communities and finally, we realized that we have defined models of economic and social development that are relevant to our environment, "he welcomes.
ETD officials then fit to equip themselves with financial tools and technical mechanisms to support actors without the need for a grant.
"We have set up a foundation, an incubation center, a network of companies that are sustainable and an investment company and that's what makes the group," he unpacked.
Created in 2003 with the ultimate goal of contributing to the economic and social development of people living in rural areas, ETD is also based in Benin.
It is involved in the structuring and development of agro-food value chains in sectors such as rice, soybean, honey, pineapple, cassava, meat, maize and a large seed sector.
It also supports communities in promoting local governance, economic development and the attractiveness of their territory. In terms of jobs, at the level of the ESOPS, there are 512 people and 69 at the level of the organization of ETD and its entities.